The Denver Art Museum’s latest world-exclusive exhibition is here. Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century brings visitors an immersive exploration of stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects.
At its media preview November 13, some of the show’s visionaries shared how it came to be.
"We wanted to do a special show, a historic show, that showed how Cartier shaped the ideas of style and glamour throughout the twentieth century," said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. "We also wanted to focus on the craftsmanship and ask how something so small is so meticulously made?"
To focus on the history of the design house, Margaret Young-Sánchez, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Columbian Art and Brilliant curator, decided to focus on objects created between 1900 and 1975. "This was a period of tremendous change around the world, and this exhibition gives us an opportunity to look at the cultural shifts that happened during this important time in history."
"The title, Brilliant, does justice to Margaret Young-Sánchez's clever concept for this exhibition," said Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier. "With her bold choices, she has chosen pieces that have rarely been shown to the public."
In addition to the more than 250 objects in the exhibition, the museum created a workshop within the exhibition that gives visitors a small taste of the actual Cartier workshop where jewelers, designers, stone-cutters, and others create. And the DAM transformed our studio space into a Jewelry Studio where visitors can tap into their imaginations and learn about jewelry making.
See the slide show below for images from the preview and watch our blog for more stories about the fascinating history of Cartier.